Janakota: Food and Drink


Guests are welcomed into the home with an offer of drink; generally some variety of mushroom tea. At mealtimes Janakotans sit cross-legged around low tables upon which communal platters of food are set. Large banana leaves are held in the left hand to be used as plates and food is consumed using the right hand. The youngest in the group help themselves to the platters first, guests before hosts.

d10Mushroom Teas
1Agunaraka – ginger flavor, mild rotten aroma
2Angulata – herby flavor, similar aroma
3Aranyamaya – sour flavor, sharp and citric aroma
4Bhangural – sherbet flavor, sweet white wine aroma
5Chayatupi – very bitter flavor, licorice root aroma
6Khamjana – overpowering sweet flavor, elderflower aroma
7Ksura – faint lime flavor, citric aroma
8Momadhanu – sweet and sticky flavor, fruity aroma
9Petabarna – sweet tomato flavor, similar sharp aroma
10Sapala – umami flavor, oxtail stew aroma

d8Rice with……and…
1Steamed spinachGinger-mustard sauce
2Cubed potatoesMustard seed paste
3Cubed pumpkinsTamarind
4Dried crocodilePapaya
5Dried marlinPomelo
6Fried barracudaPetabarna mushroom
7Fried hogfishAranyamaya mushroom
8Fried seasnakeKsura mushroom

1Mishti Doi – yogurt sweetened with charred sugar
2Rasgulla – cottage cheese dumplings cooked in sugar syrup
3Darbesh – sphere of flour, ghee, sugar and cardamom
4Pitha – pan fried sweet made rich with milk and molasses

I’m posting this as part of GLoGtober 2020 – day 6, food. I’m not gonna do… most of the days, but, maybe a few.

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